Health Care

Truman Medical Center will stop billing practice that refuses to accept health insurance

The concession is part of a proposed settlement valued at $478,000 to dispose of a lawsuit against the hospital. Truman Medical Center allegedly didn’t file health insurance claims for some patients injured in auto accidents, which allowed it to avoid the deep discounts typically required by health insurers. It could then seek more money for its medical services, mainly from auto insurance settlements.

Business

Epiq Systems explores strategic options after activist shareholder challenge

Kansas City, Kan.-based Epiq said its options may include acquisitions, divestitures or a going-private transaction. The plans come after the New Orleans investment firm St. Denis J. Villere & Co. said in a regulatory filing that it had acquired a 16.2 percent stake in Epiq and that it believes Epiq “should explore strategic alternatives” to increase shareholder value.

Workplace

Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

Business

Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion.

Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

Perceptive Software closes satellite offices and announces layoffs

Perceptive, previously based in Shawnee, recently moved 750 employees into its new headquarters at 8900 Renner Blvd. Chief executive Scott Coons, in an email to the staff, announced layoffs “to achieve profitable growth” but did not say how many. He also said offices in Beverly, Mass., and San Francisco would close.

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Savings accounts may be on the way back

Passbook savings accounts are the centerpiece of a pilot program being launched this fall by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which is hoping to promote financial education and encourage children to save money.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Getting the capital you need: key questions and answers

Lacking sufficient capital to grow is the main constraint for most small and middle market companies. To reach the next level of success, capital is the fuel that drives the company’s growth engine. Without it, reaching that next level is almost impossible.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Pound rises as Scottish results favor union

The British pound jumped as investors bet that Scottish voters would reject independence based on results that cover more than half of Scotland. Japanese stocks rallied as the yen extended losses against the dollar while other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data.

Business

End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

Business

Toyota is recalling 20,000 vehicles

The automaker said that in cars sold with its 2GR-FE V-6 engine, the end cap on the right-hand fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment could have been insufficiently welded during manufacturing by the supplier.